For almost any given year, one can find some sort of theory or speculation that the world as we know it is going to end. To put the best interpretation on these 'prophecies', one might assume the speculators’ and theorists’ activities fall under the banner of obeying Jesus’ admonition to 'watch' for when his coming is near (Matthew 24:42).
Ministers, preachers, televangelists, and charlatans usually use some obscure passage from the Bible to scare people into believing the end is near. They want those they can reach to attend their meetings, watch their TV shows and (often the true motive) contribute money to their causes. We should keep in mind the words of our Lord who stated NO ONE knows the hour of his return. Those who state they know when this event will happen are LIARS (Matthew 24:36, 44).
Many people remember the furor and near panic that surrounded the advent of the year 2000 (Y2K). It was foretold that at the stroke of midnight on January 1, 2000 that terrible things would begin to occur. The world's economic system would begin to collapse. Airplanes would fall from the skies, and so on. People horded food and water, bought ammunition and waited for the end to come.
Then there was the Mayan calendar, which marked the end of a 5,126-year period on December 21, 2012. Several books and articles were published just before the date proclaiming apocalyptic events or cosmic disturbances were sure to occur. There have been predictions that a four-part appearance of "blood moons," the last of which occurs on September 28, 2015, is the sign that the prophetic "Day of the Lord" will begin.
What do all these end time predictions have in common? To be sure, most are interesting in their complexities and the almost ingenuous ways people find to isolate Bible scripture to 'prove their point.' However, every one of them has, and will, FAIL! They were all promoted by people God warned about through Moses.
20 But a prophet (one who PRETENDS to be one) who presumes to speak in my name (they claim the Lord has revealed something special to them) anything I have not commanded him to say . . . must be put to death . . . that prophet has spoken presumptuously (Deuteronomy 18:20, 22).
We do not have a civil government (as the Israelites at the time of Moses) with the power and laws to put false prophets to death nor should we judge their hearts. However, we can judge their fruits, not be afraid of what they say, and warn others not to fall prey to their prophetic lies. In years to come, there will certainly be more doomsday prophets trumpeting "the end of the world as we know it."
23. Then if anyone says to you, 'Behold, here is the Christ,' or, 'He is there,' DO NOT BELIEVE IT. 24. For there shall arise false Christs and false prophets . . . (Matthew 24:23 - 24, HBFV)
Rather than wasting our time delving into when the end is near, we need to do what Jesus said to do. We need to be about our Father's business of loving him with our whole heart and serving others.